The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 26, 2011 - History - 448 pages
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“A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston Globe

Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery. A master historian, Eric Foner draws Lincoln and the broader history of the period into perfect balance. We see Lincoln, a pragmatic politician grounded in principle, deftly navigating the dynamic politics of antislavery, secession, and civil war. Lincoln's greatness emerges from his capacity for moral and political growth.

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I consider both insightful yet difficult to read. - Goodreads
Foner is a very good writer. - Goodreads
And his prose remains stirring. - Goodreads

Review: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

User Review  - Rob Mentzer - Goodreads

*Listened to audiobook. This is the big question about Lincoln: How did he think about race? Very complicated question and this is probably as good an answer as there is. Lincoln is a big melange of ... Read full review

Review: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

User Review  - WM Rine - Goodreads

We know Lincoln as the foe of slavery and the emancipator of black Americans, and yet that was hardly who Lincoln was for most of his life. In this excellent biography, worth reading even if, like me ... Read full review


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About the author (2011)

Eric Foner is the preeminent historian of his generation, highly respected by historians of every stripe—whether they specialize in political history or social history. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations: the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He has worked on every detail of Give Me Liberty!, which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he regularly teaches the nineteenth-century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. In 2011, Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.

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